Ramaphosa, SARS and possible future coalitions: 3 books that'll bring you up to speed about SA's future


Death and taxes: How SARS made hitmen, drug dealers & tax dodgers pay their dues by Johann van Loggerenberg

This book will give you an insider's look into the fascinating world of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and how its special investigations unit has managed to track down tax evaders and other criminals. Former taxman Johan van Loggerenberg, or JvL, as he is widely known, lays bare the inner workings of some of SARS' most notorious cases in a time that the service was functioning at peak efficiency.

While in his first book, Rogue, Van Loggerenberg dissected the details of the campaign against the so-called "rogue unit" in SARS which he was accused of running, in this book he goes back to the high-profile cases that the tax service became best known for.

He digs into the case against soccer boss Irvin Khoza, drug dealers Radovan Krejcir and Glenn Agglioti and even how SARS helped to "save the Springbok" by clamping down on illegal clothing imports and fake brands. Finally, he gives insight in what he calls SARS' "fall from grace" after Tom Moyane was appointment as commissioner in 2014 and false rumours of a "rogue unit" started circulating.

Van Loggerenberg finally shows how the power struggle between different state departments and state capture has brought SARS to its knees.

Ramaphosa's Turn by Ralph Mathekga

Nearly two decades after he was anointed by Nelson Mandela as his successor, Cyril Ramaphosa has taken office as president of South Africa. With Jacob Zuma gone, citizens' expectations are sky high and Ramaphosa is under pressure to make his "new dawn" a reality.

It will require him to navigate his way carefully between different interest groups within the ANC, as well as the preferences of the ANC and the wishes of the broader South African society, writes author Ralph Mathekga. It will test his political skills and leadership abilities. The only way South Africans outside the ANC will continue to vote for the party is if Ramaphosa can demonstrate that he can rehabilitate it.  

Mathekga's analysis is clear: South Africa does not require a leader to apply a grand, new ideological vision to transform the country. It needs a leader who is a practical coordinator and can clean up Zuma's mess. Can Ramaphosa do this while retaining support in the ANC?

Ramaphosa's Turn gives readers a glimpse into the man that is Ramaphosa, his career ambitions and worldviews and the main challenges he will face during his tenure as president. The book is an excellent guide to understanding how it all might turn out.

Who will rule in 2019? by Jan-Jan Joubert

When the ANC received a bloodied nose in the 2016 local elections, for the first time in democratic South Africa many voters were able to envision a South Africa where the ANC did not rule.

Who will rule in 2019? explains how the ANC managed to "gambled away arguably the largest moral, political and liberation dividend in the history of the world" and how it forced opposition parties across the political divide to start working together.

Joubert explains that the national and provincial elections of 2019 will be fought between those voters who are convinced Ramaphosa can rid the ANC of corruption and those who believe he cannot.

If those don't believe it are in the majority, who will they vote into power? Will 2019 bring a national coalition government? Who will be part of that coalition? What are the chances of the ANC and EFF teaming up? Or will the EFF and the DA take on the ANC together? These are all questions Joubert provides astute answers to.

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